The Idiots Are Getting It

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In the article The great Obamacare bait “n” switch the authors seemed surprise to realize these the ACA:

  • Has no doctors who will take these extra Medicaid patients
  • Medicaid pays so little to doctors that it is a financial loss
  • Doctors can’t write off pro bono work
  • More doctors are taking less and less Medicare patients as well because the gov’t system sucks so bad
  • Rationing is the plan behind it all
  • “The result is the U.S. government has actually found a way to be crueler to the poor, more unfair to doctors, and more costly for every taxpayer in America”

Why is anyone surprised anymore about this fiasco?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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6 Responses

  1. Steve O' says:

    …and no great Leader is ever entirely comfortable lying. Not from any moral sense – but lying always has an element of weakness, and Leaders struggle to shake off such a sense of weakness.
    In Germany, they erected a ruse, the Gleiwitz Incident, so as to invent the cowardly tale that Germany was the victim of external aggression from the ruthless Polish army.
    The truth could only be whispered in secret about “The Defensive War.”
    “The object of the war is … to physically to destroy the enemy. That is why I have prepared, for the moment only in the East, my ‘Death’s Head’ formations with orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the living space we need.”
    As Leaders mature, they no longer need to lie in public. When Mao conducted some of his horrors in China, he said to the effect – “Millions will die, but Communism will leap forward. So suck it up.”
    The mark of a Great Leader is to become comfortable in telling the truth – for by then, it does not matter anymore.

  2. Steve O' says:

    Please make note that during the operational melt-down of primary care through PPACA (Obamacare), that the stock market has gone through the roof! One should admire Grand Theft Treasury far more than simply naive incompetence – those folks have no illusion that majik and rainbows will make Obamacare work, they just needed a good line to grift the marks with.
    At the receiving end of one of the fastest transfers of wealth in history here’s the fix – some slick players are middlemen who receives money from millions of suckers (money in) for the promise of paying for their medical expenses (money out.)
    Money in – money out = profit. It works so well that there’s an embarrassment of cash with nothing to do with it. The bond markets won’t pay much at all. So it goes into one of the biggest Wall Street bubbles since 1928.
    If the market tanks (or when), that cash is gone-gone. That money set aside for medical expenses is gone-gone. It no longer is a matter of Wall Street Ethics – rather, there is simply nothing left to prime the pump with.
    Practice up on your surgical knots, boys and girls. There is still an appendix in your future.

  3. denise says:

    Your claims are unsupported by current evidence. Also, in no world is providing insurance to those previously uninsured “being cruel.” What is cruel is subjecting them to what all to often turns into bankruptcy after they have the misfortune of significant interaction with the healthcare system.

    To me, your post appears to be nothing more then the fruitless whining of a person who feels underpaid. Get over it.

    • Doug Farrago says:

      Sorry you feel that way. I have a recommendation, stop reading this blog if you don’t like what I say or think I am whining. You have no idea what you are talking about. The “cruel” line was used by the author (it is in quotes) and this is a LIBERAL source. But you didn’t understand that. So I guess not all idiots are getting it.

    • Steve O' says:

      Do not forget that one of the most significant movements of the last century – Communism – was conceived with love and dignity towards the common man. It is little discussed today, but in many ways, it was the European offshoot of the American truths – that all men are created equal. Love towards the workers, dignity for the peasants. Communism was never intended to be cruel.
      But, as a system, it was fatally flawed, because it could not protect itself from being seized by cruel and power-hungry men and women who turned it into an abomination of itself.
      The failure lies not in the goal of better healthcare for everyone – that is a loving and noble goal. It is when a system struggles and fails, and the decision is made that one must use force upon the unbelievers the accomplish the Revolution… that is the depressing concept that lies under every failed reform and revolution. The failure is not in the goal, but rather when the method itself becomes worshiped.
      I would love to give free care to all comers, now and forever! No charge! But let me then show my medical license at the grocer’s and car dealers, mortgage lender and IRS, and say ‘Doctor. No charge!” and I would gladly do it. I fervently wish that could happen. Money could be cast out of medical care! But no, no…. it cannot happen, and I am sad.

    • Pat says:

      Denise, providing insurance is not the same as providing care. And even this “care-less” insurance has a cost, being borne by others who have also to pay for their own care. These costs have for decades been horribly inflated by the influence of the government, and now passed on to the taxpayers and their unborne descendants. You have myopic selectivity in discerning “cruel.”

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